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Formed in 1971, the name Cymande comes from a Calypso word for Dove, symbolising Peace & Love. Discovered by legendary producer John Schroeder who signed them to Janus Records and produced their debut single The Message which hit the top 20 in the USA.
Artists who have sampled Cymande over the years include Wu-Tang Clan, EPMD, De La Soul, Dan the Automator, The KLF, Gang Starr, The Fugees, Kenny Dope, Sugarhill Gang & more.
After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, Tower of Power were signed to Bill Graham’s San Francisco records and their first album, “East Bay Grease,” was recorded. Their next album, “Bump City,” led to a string of hits including "What is Hip?", "Only So Much Oil In The Ground", "Squib Cakes", "Back On The Streets Again", "Don't Change Horses", "So Very Hard To Go" & "We Came To Play".
Over the years, the Tower of Power Horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana and many others.
Tower of Power are: Emilio Castillo - Tenor Sax / Stephen "Doc" Kupka - Baritone Sax / Francis Rocco Prestia - Bass / David Garibaldi - Drums / Roger Smith - Keys / Tom E. Politzer - Tenor Sax / Adolfo Acosta - Trumpet / Flugelhorn / Jerry Cortez - Guitar / Sal Cracchiolo - Trumpet / Marcus Scott - Vocals.
About this Artist
Tower of Power is a horn-based funk/soul band from Oakland, California. In the mid-1960s, 17-year-old tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo moved from Detroit, Michigan, to Fremont, California. He started a band called the Motowns, specializing in soul music. In 1968, Castillo teamed up with baritone saxophonist Stephen “The Funky Doctor” Kupka and tru...